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Dark Cherry Chia Jam

|Dark Cherry Chia Jam

Fruit is generally not the most "keto-friendly" food. However, if it's used moderately with other nutritious meals, it can be included in every low-carb diet, even Atkins Induction.

This recipe doesn't require any pectin or other thickeners such as arrowroot powder. I used my favourite ingredient instead: chia seeds. They are almost zero-carb and low in calories. Add to your homemade jams and you will get a nice jelly texture. You can try this sweet cherry jam in yogurts, parfaits or even low-carb baked goods. It's also the main ingredient in my Dark Cherry Crunch Pie which is grain, sugar, egg and dairy free!

|Dark Cherry Chia JamPreparation time:

 15 minutes   

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp / 20g / 0.7 oz):

Total Carbs2grams
Net Carbs1.5grams
of which Saturated0.03grams

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (56.5%), protein (12.3%), fat (31.2%)

|Dark Cherry Chia JamIngredients per jar (makes 22 servings, 440 g / 1 lb / 15.5 oz):

Note: The lemon zest is used only for brief cooking and does not add any nutritional value. When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

|Dark Cherry Chia JamInstructions:

  1. Wash and pit the cherries and place them in a small sauce pan with a cup of water.
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  2. Slowly heat up and simmer for 8-10 minutes. |Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  3. Peel half of a lemon and place the peel into the sauce pan for about a minute or two.
    Note: Pell the lemon with a knife rather than using a zester, it will be easier to remove the peel using just a tablespoon.
    |Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  4. Don't leave the peel in the sauce pan for too long or the jam will get bitter.
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  5. Open and scrape the vanilla bean and add the seeds into the mixture. Sweeten with Erythritol and stevia. |Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  6. Take off the heat, add chia seeds and mix well. If you are using the jam straight away, leave to rest for 15-20 minutes until it becomes jellied and firm. |Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  7. Mix before using.
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  8. Otherwise, transfer into a glass jar, let it cool down, seal and keep refrigerated. Use within 5-7 days. |Dark Cherry Chia Jam

Comments (8) -

Lucy Martin 8/15/2013 9:23:54 PM #

Loving it! I will make the jam this weekend... and maybe top an almond crust with it Smile


buttoni 8/16/2013 2:35:03 AM #

This looks delicious!  My husband loves anything cherry.  I like chia jams and have made several now. I'll try this!


KetoDiet 8/17/2013 12:40:55 AM #

Thank you! Chia seeds are just amazing. I use them for making "puddings", jams or even low-carb muffins Smile


Nan 11/10/2013 11:18:19 AM #

Look yummy. I made a very similar cranberry version.


Martina @ KetoDiet 11/10/2013 12:33:38 PM #

Thank you, I love using chia seeds in jams!


Mary B. 1/10/2014 10:08:34 AM #

Thanks for sharing! I made the cherry crust pie you have on your blog and topped it with sour cream. HEAVEN!


Mickie Gibbs 5/6/2014 11:48:46 PM #

Can strawberries be substituted for the cherries?


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/7/2014 12:14:01 AM #

Sure! Smile Or you can try my recipe here (strawberry & rhubarb jam):


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